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25+ Free Scarf Knitting Patterns for Beginners

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Are you looking for a new scarf knitting pattern to try? Look no further! In this blog post, we have collected 25 of the best free and easy scarf knitting patterns from around the web. These patterns are perfect for beginners, and range in difficulty from very easy to intermediate. So whether you are a seasoned knitter or just starting out, there is sure to be a pattern here that you will love!

stack of beige and gray knitted scarves on a table

Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns

Scarves are the perfect first knitting project for beginning knitters. They’re easy to do and can be made with just a few basic stitches!

Why are scarves great for beginners? Here are a few reasons:

  • Most scarves are essentially a long rectangular shape. When you think about it, they’re not much different than a really long gauge swatch – so they’re a great way to practice new knitting stitches.
  • And unlike with other types of knitting projects, you don’t have to worry about complex shaping and seaming.
  • Plus, handmade scarves make marvelous gifts. Everyone loves to wrap up in a cozy handmade scarf. Or, maybe you’ll try turning your scarf-knitting skills into a charity project or even a side hustle. 

Types of Knit Scarves

Scarves come in many different styles, and this list includes a variety of them, from light and lacy to chunky and cabled. You’ll find some elongated triangles, asymmetric shapes, and blanket-style wraps. 

25+ Free Scarf Knitting Patterns for Beginners

Enjoy these free scarf knitting patterns! Happy knitting!

Supplies You’ll Need

Here’s what you need to start knitting a scarf.  

Yarn: Before you started knitting, you may not have known just how many different types of yarn there are! If you’re a beginner, a good place to start is worsted or bulky-weight acrylic yarn. Worsted and bulky weight yarn is easy to work with, and knits up relatively quickly.

Under each of the patterns in the list below, we’ll give the recommended yarn. Check out those particular yarns if you want your finished product to match the pattern pictures.

Needles: Knitting needles come in different types, sizes, and materials. The pattern will recommend what size needles to use. 

I often recommend wooden needles for beginners because they’re not as slippery as their metal counterparts. And if you already have a feeling you’re going to love knitting, go ahead and get an interchangeable needle set. That way, you’ll be prepared for whichever pattern strikes your fancy!

Notions are all the other odds-and-ends you need to finish your projects. Think scissors, a tapestry needle (for weaving in ends), and stitch markers (for identifying important points in your pattern). Once you’ve fallen head over heels for knitting, you might find yourself down the rabbit hole of niche knitting notions, but the basics should be enough for beginners!

Scarf Knitting FAQ

Here are some commonly asked questions about knitting scarves. 

How long should a scarf be?

The length of your scarf will depend on the pattern you’re using and your personal preference. Generally, adult scarves measure between 60 and 70 inches (152 to 177 cm) from end to end. But you might prefer to make a scarf longer if you like to wrap it around your neck multiple times. 

When making scarves for a child, a general rule of thumb is to match the length of the scarf to the height of the wearer.

How wide should a scarf be?

On average, scarves will measure about 6 to 8 inches wide (15 to 20 cm) for adults and about 3 to 6 inches wide (7 to 15 cm) for children. The width can also vary depending on the pattern.

How many balls of yarn do you need for a scarf?

To make a simple scarf, you’ll probably need about 2 to 3 skeins of worsted-weight yarn. That being said, the amount of yarn you’ll use varies depending on the weight of the yarn and the pattern. Most patterns will specify how much yarn you’ll need for the project.

More Knitting Patterns

When you’re finished with your scarf, check out some of these other free knitting patterns.

What’s Next?

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Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

Hi Sarah

I am pre-beginner for knitting. I just finished a 20” x 20” scarf used No pattern. Sadly, Now not sure how to wear it. I was looking at side neck warmer with side buttons,

If you have any ideas, I would be forever grateful, before I will unravel the knitting.

Thank you for sharing your awesome website!!

Debbie Alberta, Canada

Sarah Stearns

Thursday 24th of November 2022

Hi Debbie, Congrats on your first project! If you can make your rectangle a little longer, you can seam the sides to create a tube for a cowl-neck scarf.